Viennese chairs: A case study for modern industrialization

Ekaterini Kyriazidou, Martin Pesendorfer

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We examine the Austro-Hungarian bentwood furniture industry as a case study for modern industrialization during the second half of the nineteenth century. We establish that, through the implementation of innovative production methods and aggressive and insightful marketing strategies, this industry constitutes an important example of the modern industrial enterprise. Furthermore, we find evidence of cooperative behavior in the industry, making it an interesting case study in the history of industrial organization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-166
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Economic History
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)


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